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Living Drawings Created with Bioluminescent Bacteria



Her Own DNA

Plant Embryo

Hunter Cole - Her Own DNA - Living Drawings Created with Bioluminescent Bacteria with Protein Music

Bioluminescence mp3 by Hunter Cole

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Living Drawings Exhibiting in Creative Adaptation in the Visual Arts at
Concordia University Kreft Center for the Arts, Feb. 9 - Mar. 21, 2010

Living Drawings Exhibiting at Syracuse Technology Garden, July 19 - December 1, 2007

Living Drawings Exhibiting at Montserrat College of Art, February 16 - April 7, 2007

Talk at the American Museum of Natural History on Thursday, January 25, 2007

Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), March 12 - June 4, 2006

Hunter Cole creates controlled line drawings using bioluminescent bacteria. The bacteria then grow in the host environment. Bacteria become collaborators in the art as it grows. First appearing with bright light, bacteria in the drawing are photographed as it uses up available nutrients, gradually dying-off over a two-week period.

Both an internationally shown artist and also experienced geneticist, Cole reinterprets science as art through abstractions, digital art and installations. She holds a Ph.D. and Master's degree in Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of California-Berkeley. She teaches biology at the Loyola University Chicago. She created a course, Biology Through Art, where students have the opportunity to create innovative artworks in a biology laboratory. She is currently teaching this course at Loyola University Chicago in Spring 2006.

Viewing DNA Under the Moonlight

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Viewing DNA Under the Moonlight

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Hunter Cole thanks Chuck Wimpee for his generosity in providing the bacteria for this project.

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